In his sixth novel, Colin Winnette follows the curious adventures of a child who neither knows the world he lives in nor how to navigate the challenges that will help him determine the answers to his questions. Oscillating between murder mystery, psychological thriller, and coming-of-age novel, The Job of the Wasp (Soft Skull Press, 2018) is a careful, yet playful, study of the power plays inevitable among children, and between children and adults, by way of an exploration of group dynamics and science fiction. Winnette’s work capitalizes on the spectral aspect of being alive to discover a newfound meaning for self-actualization. “The game had fallen habitually into place, as a matter of course, and I wasn’t yet part of their world.”

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